This is a whole new form of messed up! A Florida man is accused of luring an 8-year-old girl into his home and sexually assaulting her, according to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office.
Sydney Allan Markland, 68, admitted to the assault. What he told deputies in his defense is sick. He said that the little girl was “wearing provocative clothing”.
Police said that the child knew Markland because she lives in the same neighborhood. The attack started when Markland appeared injured and asked the girl for help carrying fried chicken into his house. And she agreed.
Markland, better known by his nickname “Dread”, then sexually assaulted her and told her not to tell anyone. She didn’t listen, telling her parents, who called the police.
A neighbor also witnessed the girl running from the house: “When she (started) running and crying (with) her pants down, I knew something was up. I know something was up but I was scared because he always had guns and I didn’t want to go up there.”
DNA samples were collected and proved to be a match with Markland.
Detectives wrote in their report the girl told them that Markland “told her not to tell anyone, kissed her on the cheek and read from the Bible” after the assault.
Deputies said Markland told that in his culture his actions are considered acceptable. He also said the child’s clothing and “actions” suggested consent, officials said.
“She was wearing provocative clothing,” Markland said during his confession, according to what detectives wrote in their report. “Her actions suggested that she was consenting to sexual contact.”
After his arrest Friday, Markland admitted to detectives that he sexual battered the girl after eating chicken wings and praying with her, detectives said.
Many people said Markland was thought to be a good Christian and a good man. If he was a true Christian though, he would know what he did was so, so wrong. Just the thought of raping a child should not have crossed his mind if he’s as devout as he claims!
Markland is charged with sexual assault on a victim under 12 years old, lewd and lascivious behavior, molest victim less than 12 years old and crimes against a person lure and entice child under 12 years old.
He is being held without bond.
Police fear that there could be more victims because of the number of children in his neighborhood.
Marion County Sheriff’s Office public information Officer Lauren Lettelier said:
“We don’t have any direct evidence to believe that he may have molested any other children, but he has not been truthful with us so we are still asking if anyone who could be a victim to come forward.”
Justice needs to be served!